This is a major coup for all our cathedrals; only ten per cent of businesses on TripAdvisor achieve this award.
Glenn Formoy Southwell’s head of marketing said:
“We were delighted to receive this wonderful news.
“The awards were based on being placed in the top 10% of visitor attractions worldwide with regard visitor reviews and so the fact that they were chosen by the general public makes us extremely proud.
“The quantity, quality and consistency of the reviews show just how much Southwell Minster has to offer and the amount of love that visitors have for it. A heartfelt thank you to all our visitors and we look forward to welcoming many more, both new and those returning, in the future.”
TripAdvisor invites members of the public to review attractions and venues following a visit and has become one of the most popular sources for people looking to measure the quality of an establishment before they travel.
The award – formerly known as the Certificate of Excellence, means all three cathedrals have consistently been scored more than 4 out of 5 by visitors. The calculation is based on millions of reviews from across the world.
A Gloucester Cathedral spokesperson said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded a 2020 Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Award. Thank you to everyone who left us a review and also to all our volunteers, from Guides and Welcomers to Bell Ringers and Monuments Guild, who make it possible for over 400,000 people a year to enjoy the Cathedral.”
A spokesman for Carlisle Cathedral said the team was “so proud” to have been given this award.
“We might be one of the smallest cathedrals in England but with our turbulent history, we hide many hidden treasures and amazing stories waiting to be discovered by all visitors.
“Thank you to everyone who has visited us recently, and left us an amazing review on TripAdvisor. It is very much appreciated and as lockdown restrictions continue to ease we hope to be able to offer you even more.”
Every Church of England Cathedral which is able to re-open to the public has achieved the Visit Britain’s industry standard and consumer charter mark We’re Good to Go which means they are taking all the necessary steps to help ensure people’s safety in line with latest Government and Public Health guidance. Please check ahead as opening times may have changed, you may have to book a ticketed slot at some cathedrals, and please be advised face-coverings are now mandatory in places of worship unless you are exempt.